Thursday, September 22, 2011

Helen Moeller, German Black Widow Serial Killer - 1943


FULL: TEXT: Stockholm, Nov. 23. – Berlin police have arrested Helen Moeller, 37, and charged her with the poison murders of five persons and the poisoning of five others, the Scandinavian telegraph bureau reported today.

The victims included three of her five husbands and two of her children. She reportedly told police that the husbands mistreated her and that she feared the children would inherit alcoholism from their fathers.

She was accused of twice attempting to murder her sister, the latter’s son and her present husband.

[“Poison Murders of Five Charged,” The Windsor Daily Star (Windsor, Ontario, Canada), Nov. 23, 1943, p. 10]

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FULL TEXT (translated from German): Because of five times poisoning and another five poisoning attempts, committed on her husbands, on her own children, on her sister and her son, the 37-year-old Helene Möller from Güstrow was arrested.

Allegedly because of bad treatment, the perpetrator has since 1937 consecutively killed three of her five husbands by poisoning. As she also feared that her husband's alcoholism would be inherited by children born of the different marriages, she eliminated the two children with poison pills. The unscrupulous murderer then tried twice to kill her own sister and her son by poisoning. Even her current husband was not spared from these attempts. Two victims of this woman, her last, her husband and sister, are currently still in hospital because of the physical damage caused by the poison.

[“A five-time Poison Murderess,” (“Eine fünfsache Giftmörderin”), Znaimer Tagblatt (Znaim, (Znojmo) Bohemia), 23. Nov. 1943, p. 3]

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FULL TEXT: Wegen fünffachen Giftmordes und weiterer fünf Giftmordversuche, begangen an ihren Ehemännern, an ihren eigenen Kindern und an ihrer Schwester sowie deren Sohn, wurde die 37 Jahre alte Helene Möller aus Güstrow festgenommen.

Angeblich wegen schlechter Behandlung hat die Täterin seit 1937 laufend drei von ihren fünf Ehemännern durch Giftbeibringung ums Leben gebracht. Da sie außerdem befürchtete, daß die Trunksucht ihrer Ehe männer auch auf dieaus den verschiedenen Ehen hervor gegangenen Kinder sich vererbte, beseitigte sie die zwei Kinderdurch Giftbeibriuguiig. Die gewissenlose Mörderin hat daraufhin auch zweimal versucht, ihre eigene Schwester sowie deren Sohn durch Giftbeibringung zu töten. nAuch ihr jetziger Ehemann blieb von diesen Versuchen nicht verschont. Zwei Opfer dieser Frau, ihr letzter Ehemann und Ihre Schwester, befinden sich wegen der durch das beigebrachte Gift verursachten körperlichen Schäden zur Zeit noch in Krankenhaushehandlung.

[“Eine fünfsache Giftmörderin,” Znaimer Tagblatt (Znaim, (Znojmo) Bohemia), 23. Nov. 1943, p. 3]

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For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.

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